H.E.B. Voluntarily Recalls Two Products After Salmonella Outbreak

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - This week, H.E.B. is asking you to check your refigerator carefully. The store has issued recalls on two products in less than a month. In January, they pulled H-E-Buddy peanut butter snack packs, and on Thursday H.E.B. sent out a warning about Creamy Creations Peanut Brittle Ice Cream. The news comes as a Salmonella investigation is underway, apparently linked to tainted peanut butter in Georgia.

"It is only a voluntary recall, due to the salmonella from the Peanut Corporation of America," H.E.B. Spokesperson Marcie Casas, said.

H.E.B. is just one of dozens of companies across the country who have issued more than a hundred recalls in food products linked to a plant in Georgia.

"You can only imagine how dangerous this is for an elderly person that enjoys peanut butter on toast in the morning. It's deadly," Nebraska Repulican Senator Mike Johanns, said this week.

Now federal officials are conducting a criminal investigation into the peanut corporation.

"I'd like to see some people go to jail," Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, said.

It's the same company that supplies some H.E.B. products with peanut butter.

"It was sourced in some way," Casas explained. "We say peanut products, it could have been peanut paste or the actual peanuts."

So far, there are no reports of illnesses from the H.E.B. products. However, it does leave companies recalling lots of foods just in case.

"It felt it has taken every neccessary precaution in this case, so we have decided to issue the voluntary recall for the product," Casas added.

The Peanut Corporation of America has denied any wrongdoing throughout this outbreak. If you do have either of the recalled foods, the H-E-Buddy peanut butter snack pack or the peanut brittle ice cream, you are asked to return them to the store for a refund.